Aramark Technical Services Awarded £350,000 Contract

Lundin Britain Ltd has awarded a major £350,000 contract to Aberdeen-based Aramark Technical Services.

The contract is for the design, engineering, procurement and installation for the refurbishment of the galley and mess room on the Heather Alpha, which is located north east of the Shetland Islands in the UK Sector of the Northern North Sea.

The design process has been carried out by Aramark's in-house architectural design team, which is headed up by architectural manager, Mike Foster. ARAMARK supplied Lundin Petroleum with a technologically advanced 3D-design proposal, which enabled them to picture exactly how the refurbishment would look.

Aramark is now working on the detailed engineering in preparation for the two-month offshore refurbishment, which will start in February. The galley area has been redesigned by Aramark to improve the ergonomic flow and reduce manual handling. The freezer and cold room capacities are also being doubled.

In the mess room the layout has been revised and the area will be redecorated and upgraded to create a cafe bistro ambiance with subtle lighting. The flooring and furniture will be replaced and a new servery will be installed to give chefs the opportunity to theatre cook in the open mess room area for the 100 people working on the Heather Alpha.

Aramark Technical Services was officially launched in October 2002 with a team of eight to provide quality non-food services both offshore and onshore. Today the team of more than 20 staff service more than 50 remote locations and work with major oil and gas operating companies both offshore in the UKCS and onshore across Scotland.

Clive Gregory, technical services manager at Aramark, said: "This is a significant contract for us, which was awarded as a result of our excellent team and design capability, which sets us apart from our competitors. Our vision is to be the best and to provide a consistently high quality, total service solution. Technical Services has been an outstanding success since its launch and our aim is to further develop this division of Aramark and promote the services to clients across Scotland and the UK."

Ross McHardy, engineering team leader at Lundin Britain, said: "Lundin is pleased to award this contract to Aramark Technical Services, which has utilised excellent design technology and experience to develop a solution that will provide significant improvements to the Heather asset through its life extension. The catering contract on Heather is also run by Aramark, which will help to implement the changes with the minimum disruption to daily platform operations that will be ongoing throughout."